To fully understand this technique for replacing teeth, you must first understand what a dental implant is. An implant is a small titanium screw, called a post, which is surgically inserted inside the patient’s jawbone and replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. Once the post is in place, a waiting period from 3 to 6 months is required for the second step. Here, another piece of the implant, called an abutment, is attached to the post and a crown is fashioned and attached to give you a highly realistic-looking and functional prosthetic tooth. In rare cases, some bone loss will have to be addressed before the post can be installed. If this is the case, bone grafting will be required and can add an additional 3 months to the overall process.
Since the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function as part of it. So eventually, the dental implant becomes part of the jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth.
Once the healing process outlined above for the implants is complete, a new permanent bridge is fashioned and installed onto the previously installed posts. During the overall waiting period, the patient may be fitted with a temporary partial to prevent the disruption of lifestyle.
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